See the names Harold Holzer and Craig L. Symonds on a book, and you know you have a comprehensive, well-researched, and illuminating history of the Civil War era before you. The two have now edited THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPLETE CIVIL WAR 1861-1865 (Black Dog & Leventhal, $40), which contains a wealth of information about events of the period as they happened. The New York Times was one of the few newspapers to have correspondents on the battlefronts, and the editors have reprinted some 600 of the stories they filed, adding commentary on the places and people involved and discussing larger issues, including battle tactics, slavery, racism, politics, and more. The volume is generously illustrated throughout, with period drawings and etchings, photos, and reproductions of posters, maps, cartoons, and other artifacts. To top it all off, there’s a DVD-ROM, which contains all the articles the Times published during the war.

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By Harold Holzer (Editor), Craig Symonds (Editor), President Bill Clinton (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781579128456
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - October 13th, 2010

Barnet Schecter, a historian and author of the Battle for New York, has mined  Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library collection of George Washington’s maps for this unique and beautiful profile of the first president and his place in the New World. GEORGE WASHINGTON’S AMERICA (Walker, $67.50) is as close a glimpse of the landscape Washington knew as we are likely to get. The volume reproduces scores of the maps, charts, and atlas pages Washington drew, collected, and relied on throughout his life; he owned more than 90 different maps and atlases by the time he died, including a 1762 overview of North America by John Rocque and his own cartographic account of his 1753 Ohio River journey to strengthen colonial defenses against hostile French forces.

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ISBN: 9780802717481
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Walker & Company - November 16th, 2010

You see it all over Washington, practice it in politics and academics, hear it in the English language, revive it in names like Helen and Julian. It’s THE CLASSICAL TRADITION (Harvard Univ., $49.95), and it’s all around us, in the architecture, the politics, the museums. Ancient Greece and Rome did more than leave us ruins to uncover—they established a living legacy on which Western civilization continues to build. To get a sense of how all-encompassing an influence this is, an international team of experts, headed by Anthony Grafton, Princeton professor of history and author of The Footnote; Glenn W.  Most, of the University of Chicago; and Salvatore Settis, of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, has compiled this rich encyclopedia. Organized alphabetically, the 500 authoritative articles cover all facets of Greek and Roman thought, from cartography and democracy to maxims and tragedy. Color and black-and-white images present the visual end of the spectrum, which runs the gamut from Palladio to I.M Pei, from the Pre-Raphaelites to Charles Addams. 

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By Anthony Grafton (Editor), Glenn W. Most (Editor), Salvatore Settis (Editor)
ISBN: 9780674072275
Availability: Backordered
Published: Belknap Press - May 6th, 2013